A-League clubs on alert as Bulut opens door
Fiery Australian forward Kerem Bulut has put a host of A-League club on high alert after finally bringing an end to his Greek nightmare. After going unpaid for five months due to the financial troubles in the country, the 24-year old was able to negotiate a release from his contract with Super League side Iraklis, ending his stay in Greece just 12 months into a three year deal.
While the Aussie was an important member of Iraklis first team, earning praise for his performances out wide after being asked to play on the wing, the Greek side were willing to allow Bulut leave the club after failing to pay him for the past five months.
Having made the move to Europe early in his career with Czech side Mladá Boleslav, Bulut went on to spend time in Turkey with Akhisar Belediyespor and Karşıyaka before returning to Australia and signing with the Western Sydney Wanderers. The former Sydney FC youth player wasted little time in cementing himself as a firm fan favourite during his short stay in New South Wales, scoring five goals in nine league appearances, including impressive braces against Sydney FC and Brisbane Roar – although his stint was somewhat overshadowed by off-field issues.
A return to Europe soon followed for Bulut after the former Australia youth player decided against signing a new deal with the Wanderers, instead taking up the option of a three year contract in Greece. That move hasn’t worked out, though, and the well travelled frontman is now looking for his next club, with a number of A-League teams expected to be interested in bringing Bulut back to Australia.
Defending A-League champions Adelaide United have been monitoring the striker’s situation closely over the past six months, and the Reds could be one of those teams set to offer the versatile forward a route back home.
One factor that is expected to be crucial to any outfit being able to tempt Bulut will be whether or not they view him as an out-and-out striker rather than someone they will play out wide. The youngster showed what he can do when played through the middle during his brief stay with Western Sydney, and Bulut has made it clear he is determined to get back to his preferred position after being used out wide during his time in Greece.
Capable of playing as part of a front two or as a lone striker, the Aussie’s finishing ability was evident during his previous spell in the A-League.
Adelaide United, who will start the new A-League season with odds of 11/2 to retain their title, could certainly do with a number of options being added to their attacking stocks.
Aside from Sergio Cirio and Bruce Djite, the Reds are currently without a host of goalscoring forwards, and the addition of a player of Bulut’s stature would give the reigning champions a huge boost heading into the new season. For Bulut, himself, the prospect of a return to Australia could be very tempting if it also included Champions League football, something Adelaide could offer him.
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